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Emerging Insect Pests Webinar

Threats to Oregon’s Agriculture, Forests, and Plant Trade

In January of 2019, the Oregon Invasive Species Council hosted a free webinar on the emerging insect pests of Oregon that are threatening the local environment and economy. Forest and agricultural pests constantly put Oregon’s industries at risk of lost profit, costly projects, and quarantines. The purpose of this webinar was to share information about key emerging invasive insect threats that could cause significant, lasting impacts to the state. Listeners learned about the current status of these insects in Oregon, how they get here, efforts to address the issues, and what people can do to stop the introduction or spread. There were short presentations from the following experts in the field:

“The Pressing Threat of Japanese Beetle to Oregon’s Nursery and Specialty Crop Growers”
Chris Hedstrom, Oregon Department of Agriculture

“Gypsy Moth: A Devastating Pest of Trees and Shrubs”
Wyatt Williams, Oregon Department of Forestry & Chris Hedstrom, Oregon Department of Agriculture

“Stay on the Look Out for Spotted Lanternfly”
Meg Raabe, USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service-Plant Protection Quarantine (Presented by Chris Hedstrom due to lapse in federal funding)

“One of the Most Destructive Wood-Boring Pests: Emerald Ash Borer”
Wyatt Williams, Oregon Department of Forestry

If you’d like to learn more about this issue, see our Webinar Q&A Sheet for questions answered during and after the webinar.

Want to connect with our experts about the issues discussed in this webinar? Find their contact information below.

Chris Hedstrom, Oregon Department of Agriculture: chedstrom@oda.state.or.us

Wyatt Williams, Oregon Department of Forestry: wyatt.williams@oregon.gov

Meg Raabe, USDA-APHIS-PPQ: margaret.c.raabe@aphis.usda.gov